Pregnant and diagnosed with leprosy: Anshu’s story

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Anshu, a young woman affected by leprosy Anshu, a young woman affected by leprosy © Tom Bradley

Anshu is just 19. She was diagnosed with leprosy about two years ago – but it wasn’t nearly soon enough.

When we met her at Anandaban Hospital, Nepal, she was sat in a wheelchair – essential for mobility as leprosy has left her with two drop feet, two clawed hands and damaged nerves on her face which have affected the appearance of her mouth and eyes.

She has been fortunate enough to have operations to attempt to improve her mobility and address the problems with her eyes. When we met her she had a long road of physiotherapy and rehabilitation ahead, and was still unable to walk.

Anshu remembers when she first started to develop symptoms of leprosy – her hands swelled up and she felt weak, constantly in pain. She had been married at just 14 years old –…

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